We were late. We were hungry. We were in the ‘danger zone’ where we might be too late for lunch and this creates all sorts of stress. The ristorante was right below our hotel and it was a little quiet at lunchtime, and Don Magnifico may have been a little sleepy, but the chef sure can cook.…

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It was our first visit to Vasto, and I’m hoping it won’t be our last. Vasto is a charming and very ancient (founded in 1300 BC), small city precariously perched above the sea. Unfortunately the ground has a way of sliding into the sea in this area and in 1956 a significant chunk of the…

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The food is good! Of course you’ll find fish and shrimp, but oddly, no clams or mussels. There is also a surprising amount of meat for a fairly barren island. Stews of lamb, goat, and rabbit are called ‘mastelo’ after the name of the earthen pot they are cooked in and you will have to…

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Its all about the ouzo. Early on, in Pireaus, someone insisted that we drink ouzo. We smiled politely and said, of course we will, and promptly dismissed the idea of high-octane sweetened fire water. Then we had an adventure where one thing led to another that led to a deep understanding of the pleasures of…

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Sleep in Sfinos

From funky to deluxe all options are available on Sifnos. We were a celebrating group of family and friends and we went deluxe. The exclusive Verina Astra is located on one of the high spots on the island, within close walking distance to the villages of  Artemonas and Apollonia. Down a dusty white road, the…

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Do Stuff in Sfinos

Go play in the sea! That’s what you came for! There are sandy beaches and rocky beaches and paths to get to them, so pick your fun. There are also 365 monasteries in Sifnos, so plan to say awhile if visiting monasteries is your thing. The Trail System Sifnos is criss-crossed by an exceptional trail…

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Lolas Cocktail Bar Pireaus

Wine & Beer Of Course. But also good cocktails. Pireaus is not a pretty town, it has a real handle on gritty, but at the same time it has some very chic and fab cocktail bars going on. We opted for Lola’s Bar because who can resist a bar named Lola? Cocktails were well-made and…

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Pireaus

It’s a funny place. Its a just-passing-through type place but it is worth exploring. The life blood of the city is the port. Everything revolves around the large ferries going out to the islands. Basically, the tourists are either waiting to get on a ferry or cruise or they’ve just come off a ferry. So,…

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Pireaus Dining

When we are near the sea, we only want to eat fish. When you are in the busy port of Pireaus, staying overnight to catch a ferry the next day, you want to eat good seafood. Our most helpful and joyful hotel receptionist suggested we take a taxi to the Mikrolimano section of Pireaus. Good…

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greek crib sheet

Pireaus is a one-night stand sort of place. More shabby than chic, the city caters to people either coming or going from the various ferries and cruises. We wound up at the Pireaus Dream Hotel. Not exactly my dream hotel, but it adequately served its purpose. Convenient location to the port, to restaurants, to general…

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